The New Brunswick RCMP is warning the public of an increase in vehicle thefts across the province this year.
In recent months, police have seen a significant increase in reports of vehicle thefts across New Brunswick, and in particular, in the Moncton and Southeast areas of the province.
The RCMP is encouraging vehicle owners to take steps that may help discourage vehicle thefts. These steps can include:
- Ensuring that your vehicle is locked at all times when parked
- Removing any sets of keys or key fobs from the vehicle when not in use
- Storing your key fob in a box that blocks its signal, such as a faraday box
- Using a device that locks the steering wheel
- Removing your keys from the front entrance of your home when your home is unlocked
- Parking your vehicle in a well-lit area or a garage where available
"Taking even a few of these steps can help make your vehicle less of a desirable target for theft", says Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP. "Making it more difficult for someone to access your vehicle may make a thief less interested in spending the time to take it."
If you have been a victim of vehicle theft, or if you have information regarding a stolen vehicle that could help further the investigation, please contact your local police.